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Team Approach to Treating Eating Disorders | Central Oregon

If you or a loved one has an eating disorder, it often takes a team of professionals to treat it. That’s because an eating disorder can affect physical health, mental health and relationships —and can have life-threatening consequences.

At St. Charles Health System in Central Oregon, eating disorder treatment may include medical care, nutritional support and counseling provided by a team of professionals like the ones listed here:

Primary Care Doctors

Treatment often starts with a primary care doctor who sees signs or symptoms of an eating disorder that may include:

  • Inadequate food intake leading to weight that’s too low (anorexia)
  • Intense fear of weight gain and persistent behavior to prevent weight gain
  • Consuming large amounts of food followed by self-induced vomiting (bulimia)
  • Self-esteem overly related to body image

The role the primary care doctor may have in treatment includes:

  • Managing the physical signs and symptoms of an eating disorder
  • Planning care, often including other team members
  • Teaching the entire family about eating disorders
  • Monitoring progress throughout treatment and recovery

Psychologist

This mental health professional may use talk therapy to help change behaviors associated with an eating disorder. Another name for this is psychotherapy. It may be individual, family or group therapy. The psychologist’s role in treatment may be:

  • Facilitating talk therapy to uncover thoughts and behaviors that led to the eating disorder
  • Teaching new and healthier ways to think and act
  • Working with the patient on relationship issues
  • Helping to recognize and avoid eating disorder triggers

Psychiatrist

This is a medical doctor who treats mental health disorders. A psychiatrist’s role in treatment may include:

  • Helping to plan treatment
  • Diagnosing mental health issues, such as depression or anxiety
  • Giving psychotherapy or referring the patient to a psychologist
  • Prescribing medications, such as antidepressants, used with psychotherapy

Dietitian

A dietitian is a nutrition expert with special training in eating disorders. This team member’s role may include: 

  • Finding nutrition problems caused by the eating disorder
  • Developing an eating plan to ensure the right amount of calories and nutrients
  • Monitoring eating patterns and weight
  • Helping to foster healthy eating habits

Treating an eating disorder is a team effort. If you’re concerned about yourself or a loved one, call St. Charles Health System at 541-706-3752. When it comes to treating eating disorders, our experts are here to help.

At St. Charles Health System in Central Oregon, experts diagnose and treat patients with eating disorders for the best possible outcomes.